hotels UAE

MEET THE EXPERT: Oversupply Issues

by Sophia Soltani | 26 Jul 2016

Aditya Rajaram, managing director, Radar DWC LLC, reveals how hoteliers can keep up with the competition and secure their share of business, leisure, corporate and Gen Y travellers.  Today’s hospitality industry is bustling with new brands, upcoming properties and new concepts, so it is no surprise that the market is a highlight competitive breeding ground

UAE reports 24% increase in rooms under contract in June 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Jul 2016

According to the latest report from STR, the UAE currently has 26,989 new rooms in 93 hotels under construction. Saudi Arabia reported the most rooms under construction among the countries in the Middle East and Africa, with 35,770 rooms in 81 hotels. Other countries with more than 5,000 rooms under construction include Qatar  with 7,125

One of Dubai’s oldest hotels to be demolished

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Jul 2016

One of the oldest hotels in Dubai, Ramada Bur Dubai, will shut down this year, with demolition planned for October 2016. The hotel, built in 1983, will go down in Dubai’s history, especially the 41-metre tall world record-breaking stained glass pillar in the hotel which will be sold to the highest bidder. Abdellah Essonni, CEO

10,000 new hotel rooms to open in Dubai by end of 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 29 Jun 2016

According to a new report from JLL, prepared for the Hotel Show 2016, 621 new hotel rooms opened in Dubai during Q1 2016, and 9,400 additional rooms will be added to the market by the end of the year. New properties opening in the coming months include:  Lapita Hotel Dubai at Dubai Parks and Resorts;

Dubai Tourism to welcome over 750 concierges at this year’s Les Clefs d’Or UICH International Congress

by Sophia Soltani | 31 Mar 2016

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is set to welcome the world’s most influential hotel concierges to Dubai for the 63rd Les Clefs d’Or UICH International Congress, taking place from 10-15 April.  This year’s congress marks the first time the event will take place in Dubai and will be hosted in the world’s

RAK Tourism unveils new brand identity

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Mar 2016

In an attempt to boost tourism and drive visitor numbers to the emirate, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has unveiled a new brand identity.  The fresh-look logo aims to reposition the destination in line with its vision and revised strategy with the rebrand set to drive economic growth and present Ras Al Khaimah as

JW Marriott Marquis reports 13% revenue increase in 2015

by Sophia Soltani | 29 Mar 2016

The world’s tallest hotel,  JW Marriott Marquis Dubai has revealed that it saw revenue up by 13% in 2015.  The 5-star hotel experienced an inventory increase of 22% during the year and yet occupancies across its 1608 rooms remained constant and in excess of 73%. The hotel also hit 100% occupancy on more than 45

Jumeira Rotana appoints ex-Hilton executive as new GM

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Mar 2016

Jumeira Rotana has appointed Ulrich Hoffmeister as the new general manager at the property. In his new role, Ulrich will spearhead the hotel’s operations including 114 rooms, two outlets, one recreation facility, and the ongoing major renovation of the entire hotel adding as well new suite rooms. Ulrich, a native German with over 20 years of

Investors: Checking back in

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Mar 2016

Following the success of the inaugural Gulf and Indian Ocean Hotel Investors Summit, Simon Allison, chair of HOFTEL tells Hotel News ME why the global alliance of hotel owning companies decided to launch the Summit, and the reasons behind hotel investors checking back in. Why was the decision taken to launch GIOHIS and what value

Ali Manzoor announced as a judge at Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 15 Mar 2016

Ali Manzoor, associate partner, Knight Frank has confirmed his support of this year’s Leaders in Hospitality Awards by confirming his place on the judging panel. Manzoor has been in the Middle East since 2011 and has been primarily working on hospitality development projects throughout the MENA region. In this time he has worked with developers,

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